German: Goethe-Zertifikat B1 has been added to My Courses


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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A desire to improve proficiency in the German language
  • To be taken alongside a three A-level programme
  • GCSE German at Grade 4



Exam board: Goethe-Institut

75%of employers in the UK look for candidates with at least one foreign language

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German course for young people and adults. It is a world-recognised qualification and certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is similar to an AS Level / half an A-level. 



Who is this course suitable for?

Who is this course suitable for?

  • This course of study is suited for students who are interested in improving proficiency in the German language in addition to their three chosen A levels, in order to increase employment prospects. 75% of employers in the UK look for candidates with at least one foreign language. Language skills and intercultural skills are in high demand from a wide range of employers.
  • The course gives students the opportunity to consolidate and improve their language skills. It enables students to further pursue the study of the German language at University Language Centres all over the UK, giving students the opportunity to spend a year working in Germany, Switzerland or Austria  when they are at University.
  • The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 also gives students the opportunity to study at a `Studienkolleg` in Germany  where they can do a Foundation Course in preparation for attending a University in Germany where tuition is free.

Course Information 

The course is 18 months long and exams are undertaken in March of the second year at College.

The contents of the course are varied and very interesting for young people. 

You will have three lessons of 90 minutes each per week. This will give us time to consolidate what has been done in GCSE and to cover the material slowly, improving all four skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Course Content

The course contains a wide variety of very interesting topics. There is also a substantial amount of cultural content which should prove to be very enjoyable. Topics include: 

  • Freunde 
  • Jugendliche in Deutschland 
  • Ausbildung 
  • Aussehen und Kleidung/Sport/Familie
  • Schule in Deutschland 
  • Gefilmte und reale Welt 
  • Regionen in Deutschland

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well-qualified and experienced staff. Students often work in pairs or small groups, as well as being encouraged to show initiative in their private study. Good progress is made by use of the target language in the classroom. Attendance and achievement are monitored regularly. Targets are set regularly throughout the course.

Method of Assessment

The four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking - are assessed by examination.

Extra-curricular Activities and Trips

St Brendan's is  the first Sixth Form College and the fifth school in the UK to join the Pasch School Network. This is a global network of 1800 schools worldwide that place high value on the learning of the German language.  The network  is an iniative of the German Government in connection with the Goethe-Institut. As part of the membership in this network students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events, cultural projects and competitions both in England and in Germany. This helps to enrich their learning experience and increases their fluency in the language.   

In addition, there are opportunities throughout the year to go on trips to the cinema, theatre, universities and conferences. Master classes dealing with a big variety of interesting, relevant topics are held at intervals throughout the academic year. Some students choose to go on a work experience placement, intensive course or visit a summer camp in Koblenz, Germany with whom we have a link. We also collaborate with local primary and secondary schools. You will also have the opportunity to mentor and support pupils from local secondary and primary schools during your course,  and get involved in various language learning activities whilst passing on your love of the German language and culture to local primary and secondary school children.

We expect all our students to make the most of their stay with us and participate fully in all of these activities.

Contact us

If you would like any further information on the Goethe-Zertifikat B1, please don't hesitate to contact Carmen Schembri-Wismayer (St Brendan's German Teacher and MFL Project Co-ordinator) on